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Three Foresters headed to indoor nationals

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. - The NAIA national office has announced the official qualifiers for the 2016 NAIA Men's and Women's Indoor Track & Field National Championships and among the list of qualifiers are three Forester athletes.

No stranger to the national stage, senior Jake Nash will make his third trip to indoor nationals in high jump where he will compete as the 20th seed. The Lebanon (Ohio) native will look to earn his third All-American honor in as many years having earned this distinction by finishing sixth as a sophomore and fifth as a junior. Men’s high jump is slated to begin at 2:00 p.m. on Friday.

Junior Christine Sparks is also heading back to nationals for the third time to compete in the 1,000 meters. She punched her ticket at the Joe Banks Invitational on February 6. She will enter the race as the 15th seed. Last year the Bloomington North High School product (Bloomington, Ind.) clocked in at 3:14.99 at nationals to finish 18th. She will toe the line for the 1,000 meter semis at 4:15 p.m. on Friday.

Rounding out the crew of Foresters heading to nationals is Christiana Hicks (Fort Wayne, Ind., Snider High School). She will represent HU in triple jump as the 12th seed on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. The junior qualified on January 29at the Don and Riley Zimmer Classic and will look to improve on her 13th place finish at nationals last year. .

For the first time since 2010, the David E. Walker Track at Gentry Field in Johnson City (Tenn.) will serves as the host facility. The 51st annual men's and 38th annual women's events is slated to take place March 3-5.

Stretch Internet, the NAIA’s official video streaming company, will be broadcasting all sessions of the national championships. Packages can be purchased for $14.95. For more information, click here.

For the schedule of events, click here.

The Huntington University Foresters compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 39 NAIA All-America honors and 234 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest.